WATERLOO — The Seneca County Board of Supervisors Tuesday were given excerpts of minutes of the Varick Town Board’s Dec. 4 meeting at which Seneca Lake Water District water rates were not lowered.

Varick Supervisor Bob Hayssen asked that the excerpts be given to the county board for their review.

The backdrop for Hayssen’s move is the Supervisor’s Dec. 11 defeat of a motion to settle a disputed water bill of Seneca County Water District No. 1 to the Varick-run Seneca Lake Water District for a negotiated amount of $122,000 unless Varick agrees to rescind a recent water rate increase to its customers.

The minutes of Varick Town Clerk Donna Karlsen show that Hayssen made a motion that upon receipt of the negotiated amount of $122,000 and county Water District No. 1 reducing its water rates by 17.5 percent for customers in Romulus, Fayette and Varick, the water rates set by Seneca Lake Water District would be reduced by 17.5 percent, starting with the first quarter of 2019.

The motion was seconded by board member Richard Peterson.

The minutes indicate discussion on the motion. It was defeated by a 3-2 vote, with board members Eric Riegel, Ben Freier and Thomas Fox voting no and Hayssen and Peterson voting in favor.

The excerpted minutes were listed in communications and no one commented on it.

In other action Tuesday, the board:

• Voted unanimously to allocate 90 percent or $405,000 of the $450,000 the county estimated it will receive from the room occupancy tax in 2019 to the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce as the county’s Tourism Promotion Agency.

• Voted unanimously to direct the county manager to sign a concessionaire agreement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Geneva to offer car rental services at the county-owned Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca Falls at no cost to the county.

• Voted unanimously to purchase a new telephone system from Frontrunner Network Systems Corporation of East Rochester for $181,562, the lowest of three bids received. Other bidders were Frontier and FirstLight.


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